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Re: “Humboldt's Wal-Mart Resistance

Wal-Mart has a well documented negative effect on communities like ours. There is an ample body of research in this area. Beyond Humboldt County, they also have unprecedented control over manufacturers and the whole country’s food supply by commanding such a huge market share. This control combined with their continual demands for lower pricing from suppliers naturally results in a decrease in product quality and employee compensation (the savings have to come from somewhere!), and the export of American manufacturing.

There are different reasons for and approaches to opposing Wal-Mart and their business practices, and not all of us fault the unemployed for failing to have more appealing options. Wal-Mart workers will suffer enough without being harassed by members of their community. With the mall’s location within the Enterprise Zone, state taxes will presumably subsidize a significant portion of Wal-Mart wages while we lose school bus service, in addition to the public assistance programs that Wal-Mart informally uses as its employee benefits division. Those costs should be subtracted from the perceived value of however many non-subsistence level jobs they bring to the area. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart's NET profits were over $15 Billion in 2011. We each have to decide whether we want to contribute to that in order to save 50 cents.

Posted by Dorie on 04/16/2012 at 5:11 PM

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